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Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Safe Harbor is Drawing to an End: Are Your Policies Compliant?

by Littler on

On July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts earned sick time law took effect, requiring most Massachusetts employers to provide their employees with the right to accrue and take up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. The law...more

Elizabeth Becomes The 10th City in New Jersey to Require Paid Sick Leave

by Cole Schotz on

On November 3, 2015, voters in Elizabeth, New Jersey overwhelmingly approved a paid sick leave law that will require private employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. The law is anticipated to take effect on March 2,...more

New York City Transit Benefit Requirement Fast Approaching

by FordHarrison on

As most New York City employers know by now, beginning January 1, 2016, the New York Mass Transit Benefits Law (the "ordinance") requires employers with twenty or more full-time employees working in New York City to offer...more

Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Ordinance: Notices Published and January Effective Date Set

by Littler on

When the City of Pittsburgh enacted the Paid Sick Days Ordinance in August 2015, it delayed the effective date until the City Controller’s Office posted regulations and notice information for employers.  The Controller’s...more

Uber Employee Classification Class Action Could Impact All Employers

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

From Payroll Taxes to Sick Leave Laws … Federal Ruling Could Be Game Changer for Sharing Economy - A federal judge’s decision last week to certify a class of California Uber drivers in their lawsuit claiming Uber has...more

Covered Employers In D.C. Will Be Required To Provide Transportation Benefits To Employees By January 1, 2016

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Beginning January 1, 2016, covered employers in the District of Columbia will need to comply with a new requirement to provide employees with a transportation benefit program. The requirement is set forth in Subtitle A of...more

Federal Contractor News Roundup: Paid Sick Leave, Pay Secrecy, Posters, Plus More

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This year continues to be an active one for employers who are federal contractors or subcontractors. Most recently, yesterday President Obama continued the trend of using Executive Orders where legislative solutions have...more

Proposed Executive Order Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

by Baker Donelson on

President Obama may soon issue an executive order mandating that employers who contract with the Federal government, and their subcontractors, provide paid sick leave to employees. A report in The New York Times released a...more

Preemption Law Results Show Different Approaches States Take with Local Sick Leave Measures

by Littler on

2015 has been a notable year for the passage and implementation of local mandatory paid sick leave (PSL) laws. In addition to statewide laws taking effect in California and Massachusetts, new local laws have taken effect in...more

Did You Know…Amendments to California’s Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law Effective Immediately

by Nossaman LLP on

Significant amendments to California’s new Paid Sick Leave Law, the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014, went into effect immediately upon Governor Brown’s signature on July 13, 2015. The amendments include the...more

New Oregon Law Mandates Sick Leave Policy for Most Employers - Oregon Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Effective Jan. 1, 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On June 23, 2015, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law Senate Bill 454, which mandates statewide mandatory paid or unpaid sick leave for virtually all Oregon workers. Oregon joins California, Connecticut and Massachusetts...more

Connecticut Mandates Double Damages for Failure to Pay Proper Minimum Wage or Overtime

by Littler on

On June 23, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that imposes double damages on employers who fail to pay an employee minimum wage or overtime. With one exception, the new law requires a...more

Paid Sick Time Law Developments in the State of California; Emeryville, California; Eugene, Oregon; and Bloomfield, New Jersey

by Littler on

The wave of new sick leave legislation continues across the country.  At the same time, state and local governments continue to refine existing laws to address new laws passed, as well as the complexities that surround...more

For Life Insurers and Agents – A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

by Carlton Fields on

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule (the “Proposal”), which defines the term “fiduciary” as it applies to persons who provide “investment advice” to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of...more

New GAO Report on Contingent Workforce Shows 85% of Independent Contractors Are “Content with Their Employment Type”

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A comprehensive government report on the contingent workforce made public two days ago revealed surprising data about independent contractors, finding that 85% of independent contractors “appeared content with their...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2015

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Health Insurance Company’s HIPAA Breach Affects Millions. At the end of January, a national BlueCross BlueShield affiliate, Anthem, Inc., discovered that its information technology systems were hacked. The information...more

California Wage/Hour Update No. 3, July 2013: Appellate Court Attacks Piece-Rate Compensation – Again

by Fisher Phillips on

The piece-rate compensation system, common among automotive technicians, agricultural workers, manufacturing employees, truck drivers, and others, has been a viable and rewarding form of compensation in California for over a...more

Reviewing and Updating Your Employer Compliance Checklists

Given the plethora of recent changes in the employment law landscape, employers probably made reviewing compliance checklists a New Year’s resolution for 2013. From hiring employees, to training them, to auditing existing...more

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